What can be learnt and applied now from traditional knowledge and adaptation to future environmental and resource issues?
This project seeks to understand how quickly early Māori society changed from its initial wasteful use of environmental resources soon after the Polynesian migrations, to then live within its ecological means in the face of resource decline pressures. These pressures were largely caused by ongoing extinctions and depletion, compounded by adverse climate change during the period 1350-1900.
How can New Zealand’s state legal system recalibrate to challenge the Crown’s assumption of sovereignty over lands and waters treasured by Māori?
Drawing on the research findings of the other Te Tai Ao foundational projects, this project will lead to new laws, policies, plans and models for government and iwi/Māori communities, and will enable Māori to reassert traditional knowledge in governing land, water and resources to better enable flourishing Māori health, wellbeing and prosperity.
Particular aspects of research and practice of Rongoā Māori have created discussion and in some instances, dissension among Māori communities. Research frameworks such as Kaupapa Māori theory (Pihama, 2010) have been developed for Māori communities, but these do not specifically address the many layers and complexities of research on Rongoā Māori.